Teresa is the founder and director of Story Yoga Inc. The idea was born from a desire to provide options for people who felt they did not have any. Her hope is that Story Yoga empowers participants through education. The teacher training is an opportunity for yoga practitioners to connect with community, learn transferable life skills, and support one another on their own unique journey. Story yoga is based on the vision that people can heal, learn, and create while building professional skills.
Teresa is the lead trainer of the teacher training program. Her teaching style is down-to-earth, challenging, yet accessible. Teresa realizes 200 hours would never be enough to scratch the surface of what yoga has to offer, but her hope is to provide the foundation for life-long learning and curiosity.
Robin is a graduate of Story Yoga’s teacher training program and she is a RYS-200 certified yoga teacher and a member of the Yoga Alliance.
Robin believes in approaching yoga with gentleness and compassion. In her classes you are always welcome to engage in YOUR practice. Her goal is to guide you through a practice that allows you to discover how poses feel in your body and how you can adjust the pose to feel the best in your body. We’ll link movement and breath, flowing through poses at a comfortable pace - not too fast or too slow.
Robin has had an on again off again relationship with yoga for over 13 years. In the past few years she’s come back to yoga with a new perspective, embracing yoga as a holistic practice rather than an exercise or movement program. She believes that practicing yoga can open new doors - physically, mentally, and emotionally - for anyone and everyone.
Robin identifies as a person in recovery from both an eating disorder and addiction, and her yoga practice has been an essential part of her recovery and wellbeing.
Emily is a graduate of Story Yoga’s 200-hour YTT. She spent basically her entire adolescence as a benchwarmer in every sport so, naturally, she had quite the aversion to physical exercise. Yoga, however, allowed her to explore her physical capabilities in a playful, yet profound way. Her asana practice naturally led to avid exploration of yogic philosophy, Ayurveda, and multi-dimensional healing that gradually forged a path to recovery from years of addiction. She strives to share the same comfort and relief she found in yoga with her students while allowing them to explore their potential and, ultimately, to learn to trust in their own innate wisdom.
Valerie is a gradute of Story Yoga's 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. She also recently completed her Level I Reiki Training.
In the last year, yoga has been an essential part of her eating disorder recovery and in helping to calm her anxiety. She has really deepened her practice, exploring the different ways she can use yoga in her life. It was through moving her body and connecting with her breath, that she has started to cultivate a deep and love and acceptance of herself.
Valerie used to think you had to look, act, eat, and be a certain type of person to be considered someone who practiced yoga. She aims to create a space in her classes where everyone can feel wholly accepted and loved just as they are. She wants to share her love of yoga with others while allowing others to discover how yoga can be helpful in their own lives and with their own mental health. Valerie hopes to inspire people that anyone can do yoga, and to cultivate an environment where everyone can explore how yoga feels good in their body.
Kalinen’s practice is playful and often mellow. Her classes are likely to encourage exploration of physical sensations that are cozy and secure. She believes that a sense of ease in the body is an important part of holistic emotional and spiritual well being. She is interested in helping people find a connection to their higher selves through guided introspection and meditation.
Kalinen is currently participating in Story Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training. She hopes that by teaching she may deepen her connection to her own practice and be of service to others. For her, yoga has been a refuge and a place to grow. She would like to pay that forward and create a nurturing space for people to practice together.